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Johnstown police make drug bust while responding to domestic call

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. -- Johnstown Police Chief Craig Foust is applauding his officers once again for responding to what should have been a typical call Tuesday night, only to take care of a bigger problem.

Police said it started as a routine call: A domestic disturbance at a home in the West End of the city.

"It appeared that it was between neighbors and people at the house who were being loud," said Foust.

But when one of the men inside became aggressive and started to run, Foust said officers knew something wasn't right.

"That individual was (shot with a Taser) and upon being placed under arrest, we located 340 stamp bags of heroin on his person, in addition to approx $1,500 in cash," said Foust.

Police said they made the bust at a home on Corrine Street in Johnstown, but said the man they arrested , Bruce Gordon, isn't from the area. He's from Pittsburgh.

"This is common," said Foust. "This is what we run into a lot of the time, out of town drug dealers come to town and people provide them with comfort and shelter and leave them get away with their drug dealing."

And Foust said his office is not ignoring the problem. He said they're looking at ways to take action against the people housing alleged dealers as well.

"Perhaps an indirect way, but in some way they obviously know what's going on ... That the individual has no job, that he has cash and money and stuff," said Foust. "You can plead ignorance, but that doesn't work all the time."

People who live on Corrine Street told 6 News it's relatively quiet without much police activity. But Foust warns there are no neighborhoods exempt from drugs. Anyone who sees any type of suspicious activity is reminded to call police.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times